Design intern

£110 per day
3 months full-time (4 or 5 day week)
London based studio, hybrid remote
Apply by 6th February 2024, start date 1st April 2024

Join the Applied Works team to deliver exciting and pioneering digital design projects for our global clients.

Applied Works is a design studio based at Somerset House in central London. We’re a small team working on big projects – helping organisations like the UN, Chatham House and the World Economic Forum turn their complex data into impactful and interactive experiences. We strive to affect positive change in our work – seeking projects that help policymakers, governments, businesses and the public to understand data around climate change and sociopolitical issues.

We welcome a new intern every three months, alternating between design and development specialisms. If the opportunity isn’t the right fit for you in terms of timing or speciality please still send us your CV. We’ll consider it for the next round of intern recruitment.

Our recruitment approach mirrors our commitment to fostering a friendly and inclusive work environment. We practise blind recruitment to reduce any risk of unconscious bias; we send candidates interview questions in advance; we don’t fuss over grammar or spelling in your CV for non-comms related roles; and we only ask for CVs (not covering letters).

Benefits of working with us:

  • Hybrid, flexible working available.

  • Offices in the vibrant Makerversity in Somerset House with access to facilities and events in our shared studio space, including wood, textile, engineering and digital workshops, masterclasses, talks and courses.

  • Regular team offsites.

  • Regular team socials.

  • A supportive and friendly environment.

  • Ethical organisation, working on projects making a positive difference.

Together with our team you’ll:

  • be involved in UXR activities (value propositions, workshops, interviews, usability testing);

  • participate in brainstorming and idea generation sessions;

  • create wireframes, prototypes, and high-fidelity mock-ups to communicate design ideas;

  • craft complex graphs and data visualisations (static and interactive);

  • learn how to work in parallel with developers to ensure quality outputs.

Essential skills and interests we’ll be looking for:

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • A strong and well-crafted portfolio.

Skills and software experience

  • Academic background in design (UX/UI design, visual communication, graphic design, information design, data visualisation).

  • Familiarity with UI/UX principles and best practices. Familiarity with data visualisation and information design principles.

  • Good knowledge of prototyping and vector graphics software (Figma, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign).

  • Good knowledge of visual mapping tools (Miro).

  • Desirable but not essential: Knowledge of animation/motion graphic softwares (Adobe After Effects, Premiere) or 3D softwares.

We also hope you’ll bring…

  • curiosity and passion for your craft;

  • a proactive attitude;

  • a desire to learn.

What we care about

  • We’re an ethical organisation, and carry out a robust ethical checklist before working with any new client.

  • We always look deeper, and ask the right questions to clients and users to ensure we’re building the right solution.

  • We put people first, so we put strong emphasis on designing and developing everything with real users in mind.

  • We care about each other, we take time to give one another support and socialise together.

  • We’re always learning, we go to talks, events and exhibitions throughout the year to ensure we’re always learning from others and challenging ourselves to do better.

How to apply, key dates and fair recruitment process

  1. Please send your CV and portfolio to [email protected] by midnight on 6 February 2024. We don’t need a covering letter, so please ensure your CV is up to date and contains information about you that is relevant to our selection criteria (stated above). Please also include your contact details, including an email address and phone number.

  2. We will then carry out blind recruitment, where we will score all CVs with personal details removed to lessen the risk of unconscious bias, and give under-represented groups confidence that their application will be fairly considered. We will also use the same standardised scoring criteria for all applicants.

  3. By 16 February 2024, all applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected for an interview, and selected applicants will be sent interview questions in advance.

  4. Interviews (online or in person) will take place week commencing 12 February 2024, with a final decision by 22 February 2024.

  5. The internship opportunity will commence in the first week of April 2024, but the specific start date is negotiable.

If you have any questions about the internship opportunity, email us on [email protected]